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dc.contributor.authorSmith, Alyssa
dc.date2015-05-01
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-19T15:38:52Z
dc.date.available2016-02-19T15:38:52Z
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.tcu.edu/handle/116099117/10442
dc.description.abstractAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a cancer survivor is a “person who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis throughout his or her life.” Currently, at least 69,212 adolescents and young adults (AYA) between the ages of 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer each year (National Cancer Institute [NCI], 2014). As a greater number of AYAs achieve remission and live further into adulthood, treatment-related side effects are appearing (Oeffinger & Hudson, 2008). As a result, researchers are beginning to address interventions that will reduce treatment-related complications in AYA cancer survivors. This study explored the effects of exercise on physical and mental well-being during and after treatment in AYA cancer survivors. Investigators used a mixed-methods approach to examine the physical and mental benefits of exercise on seven AYA cancer survivors who received cancer therapy in a tertiary pediatric institution.  To investigate the survivors’ current exercise, sleep, and fatigue levels, the quantitative portion of this study utilized a demographic form and three Likert scales: the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ), Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), and Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS). Descriptive analysis using SPSS 22.0 examined the demographic form and any correlations found among the three Likert scales. The qualitative portion of this study employed open-ended questions during audio-taped focus groups and individual interviews to investigate the effects of physical activity on exercise, sleep, and fatigue levels during therapy. The researchers used qualitative content analysis to analyze the participants’ open-ended responses. Though this study possesses a small sample size and no statistical significance, the responses of the participants revealed the need to promote physical activity during cancer therapy. Further research is needed with a larger sample size that will examine the effects of exercise during cancer treatment in the AYA population. 
dc.subjectphysical activity
dc.subjectcancer
dc.subjectAYA
dc.titleExploration of the Benefits of Exercise on the Physical and Mental Well-Being in a Population of Young Adult Survivors of Adolescent and Young Adult Canceren_US
etd.degree.departmentNursing


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